Ahoy, this be Venice? Aye!

Think Venice and you imagine gliding along misty canals guided by muscled gondoliers plying Venice’s iridescent waterways. You imagine the golden façade of St Mark’s Basilica glinting in the morning sunshine, illuminating the impressive piazza of San Marco that it overlooks, pinnacled by St Mark’s Campanile. Perhaps you recall passing over one of Venice’s myriad bridges, the high point of each offering picturesque views along the waterways.

What may not pop into your mind when think of Venice are pirates.

But we were lucky enough to experience a rather unique thing to do in Venice – passing a unique evening circumventing the islands of Venice on a pirate ship.

Whilst Italy is known for having produced some rather bloodthirsty brigands, such as Vincenzo Gambi, this evening we were luckily to find the pirates on board were rather friendly.

They were also incredibly agile, jumping up on the deck’s railing and manoeuvring about like we were on smooth and solid ground whilst the rest of us needed a little bit of time to get our sea legs on, initially tottering about like toddlers trying on their mother’s stilettos for the first time!

We passed by St Mark’s square, the white marble of the Doge’s Palace illuminated spectacularly in the late afternoon sun. We meandered past some of Venice’s islands, including Lido and Murano, back-dropped by a sky passing through the spectrum from brilliant sunset colours, slowly fading into the sweetest of pastels before dimming into spectacular star-lit night.


To see the sites of Venice with a great tour guide, we have a great Venice tour discount package. In one glorious afternoon, have a ride in a gondola on our small-group Original Gondola Tour. Visit St Mark’s on a guided tour and have our expert tour guide take you on a tour of the Doge’s Palace. Conclude your day with a relaxing ride on the Grand Canal in a motor launch on the small-group Grand Canal tour.

These Venice tours are also part of our super-discounted Grand Italy Tour discounted tour package including small-group tours in Rome and small-group tours in Florence.

To explore other areas of Italy, we have great tours in Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.

Visit the Artviva Tours website for more wonderful things to see and do in Italy (besides, of course, just meeting the lovely Artviva staff!), or email us on staff@artviva.com for more information.

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